NPR logo

Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/129986413/129986412" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union

Strange News

Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union

Medical Marijuana Growers Join Teamsters Union

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/129986413/129986412" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In California, the teamsters have organized 40 marijuana workers. They work as gardeners, trimmers and cloners. It's not clear how labor laws will apply to this situation, since medical marijuana is legal in California but is still a federal crime. Still, the workers got a new contract and a raise.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep.

You may think the union movement is in decline, but don't tell the teamsters. The union of truck drivers and other workers extended its reach. The teamsters organized 40 California marijuana workers. They work as gardeners, trimmers and cloners. It is not clear how labor laws will apply to this situation, since medical marijuana is legal in California but is still a federal crime. Still, the workers got a new contract and a raise.

You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2010 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.